Clearly, Renault is way ahead of many automakers with their all new Symbioz Concept. The concept isn’t intended for this year or the next as it’s targeted to be ready by 2030.
As seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it is a five-door hatchback that can be converted into a space that functions like a living room. While presenting it to the audience, Renault showed how you can drive this all-electric into a house, park it, and turn it into an extra modular room. This appears to be the French automaker's interpretation of a mobile home.
The Symbioz is the next concept that Renault has come up with after the Trezor from last year's Paris Motor Show. It’s different in its own way. It has a low and flat roof design, a large greenhouse, and C shaped LED headlights and tail lights. When talking about the design, Renault argues that the Symbioz' appearance is suitable for the year 2030, when everyone will be driving nothing but electric cars.
Having said that, the Symbioz will not have a combustion engine, and instead comes equipped with two new electric motors mounted on the back. The electric motors work with a large battery pack with 72-kWh, enabling the hatchback to produce as much as 500 kilowatts combined, and 660 Newton-metres of torque. And in just under six seconds, it can accelerate to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). The Symbioz is not just about its looks, as it can travel for up to 500 kilometers in real conditions on the highway and in only 20 mins, it can be wirelessly charged up to 80 percent.
As a car of the future, we expect this concept to be extra smart. And true enough, it can drive itself, but when the "mind-off" mode has been set, drivers can stay behind the wheel and take full control. When this mode is turned off, the car will automatically retract the dashboard, and convert the seats to a more comfortable position, pivoting them so they could read a book or chat with other passengers. There are plenty of sensors in the cabin that can detect the presence of passengers. This function lets the car remember certain settings and personal preferences.
So far, Renault has not confirmed that the Symbioz will hit the production line. But the automaker did promise that they will develop a functional car from the concept. Before the end of the year, it will enter the testing phase on public roads. Expect more details to be released in the next couple of months.